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A Hymn to Apollo

Post  Thrasyvoulos on Tue Jun 11, 2013 6:55 pm

I had a rather intense dream a couple nights back in which a hymn was sung to Apollo. When I woke, the hymn was etched into my mind the whole day and I couldn't stop thinking about it, so I wrote it down. I couldn't remember exact wording, but I believe it's as close to the version in my dream as it's going to get:

Father Apollo, God of brilliant light,
You illuminate the cosmos with truth.
Phoebus, watching over us from the heights
As you sit at the right hand of great Zeus,
Proclaiming the decrees of Supreme Right.
Apollo, in you I have found freedom,
You have freed me from the chains of dark night.
Your arrows propel me to the kingdom Divine, and none can resist their fiery might.
Apollo, I pray, help me the Hydra slay.
Lead me forward in my tumultuous fight,
Show me the path until I find the day.

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Re: A Hymn to Apollo

Post  Erodius on Tue Jun 11, 2013 8:11 pm

You have been spending time reading Orphic theology, I can tell without a doubt Wink I remember your saying that you had been doing some reading on it — but it seems you've caught on laudably well and quickly, at least with regard to our Apollinine theology.

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Father Apollo, God of brilliant light,
You illuminate the cosmos with truth.
Phoebus, watching over us from the heights
As you sit at the right hand of great Zeus,
Proclaiming the decrees of Supreme Right.
Apollo, in you I have found freedom,
You have freed me from the chains of dark night.
Your arrows propel me to the kingdom Divine, and none can resist their fiery might.
Apollo, I pray, help me the Hydra slay.
Lead me forward in my tumultuous fight,
Show me the path until I find the day.

*The segments I've underlined reference key points of our Apollinine teachings. Whether you sought to reference them or not, I thought you might be interested in knowing where (and how often) they appear in your hymn.

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"O Best of Gods, blest daimon crown'd with fire . . . hear, and from punishment my soul absolve, the punishment incurr'd by pristine guilt, thro' Lethe's darkness and terrene desire: and if for long-extended years I'm doom'd in these drear realms Heav'n's exile to remain, O grant me soon the necessary means to gain that good which solitude confers on souls emerging from the bitter waves of fraudful Hyle's black, impetuous flood!"
-Iulianic Hymn to Apollon-Helios, ll. 65-106

"Having come for punishment, one must be punished. One must not pull apart the god within oneself."
-Iamblichus, Vita Pythagorica

"Truth would you teach, or save a sinking land,
All hear, none aid you, and few understand."
-Alexander Pope


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Re: A Hymn to Apollo

Post  Thrasyvoulos on Tue Jun 11, 2013 8:26 pm

I have, yes Smile the Orphic materials I have access to are very interesting and make a great deal of sense to me. Although, I am surprised at myself for practically formulating the entire hymn in a dream <.< I've never had that occur before.

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